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  • ‘Rescue Me’ singer dies

    By Jim Salter
    The Associated Press
    ST. LOUIS — Fontella Bass, a St. Louis-born soul singer who hit the top of the R&B charts with “Rescue Me” in 1965, has died. She was 72.
    Bass died Wednesday night at a St. Louis hospice of complications from a heart attack suffered three weeks ago, her daughter, Neuka Mitchell, said. Bass had also suffered a series of strokes over the past seven years.

  • Spreading Christmas Cheer
  • No deal in sight as deadline nears

    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — A last-gasp effort Thursday to avoid automatic tax increases and spending cuts got off on the same convulsive, partisan tone that marked congressional attempts to resolve the impasse before lawmakers left Washington to go home for Christmas.

  • Prosecutors collect $8.7M

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico collected $8.7 million during the last fiscal year in cases in which money was owed to the federal government or to victims of crimes.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the smallest amount came from a $10 collection in a 2008 fatal crash on the Navajo Nation, while the largest criminal collection came when former Deputy Insurance Superintendent Joe Ruiz fully paid off $102,000 in restitution from his conviction on wire fraud and other charges.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 28, 2012

    The Associated Press
    No charges for SF teacher

    SANTA FE — The top prosecutor in Santa Fe says she’s decided not to charge a special education teacher who dragged a blind student down a hallway.
    District Attorney Angela “Spence” Pacheco said Wednesday that although the video of the incident was “distasteful,” there was no evidence that the teacher harmed or intended to harm the uncooperative child.

  • Student Center still hot topic

    The contractor that took over the Highlands University Student Center building didn’t meet the Dec. 22 target date for substantial completion of the structure, but President Jim Fries says the building is almost done.

    And while the entire building may not be occupied by the time students return to class in  the spring semester, Fries said he’s hopeful that food services will be serving in the building  in January.

    “They’re awfully close,” Fries told regents at a board meeting this past Friday.

  • Top-notch roping - Salazar wins big with team

    Ernesto Salazar is more commonly known in Las Vegas as a banker and school board member. On Dec. 15, however, Salazar proved to many that he is one of the best in team roping.

    Salazar and Dawn L. Higgins of Loving placed second at the World Series of Team Roping held at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

    “Everybody is so surprised, because they didn’t know I roped,” Salazar said in an interview Saturday.

  • Council eyes lodgers tax increase

    Visitors to Las Vegas who stay in hotels and motels could be paying a little more for their rooms in the near future if one city councilor gets his way.

    Councilor Joey Herrera is proposing that the city raise its lodgers tax rate from 4 percent to 5 percent to generate more money for improvements to Rodriguez Park and other baseball facilities. State law allows municipalities to charge the higher tax — which is tacked on to hotel and motel rates — although the city has previously opted not to charge the full amount.

  • Drilling riles West’s energy embrace

    By Kristen Wyatt
    The Associated Press

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — This used to be a land proud of its oil barons. Now the energy industry that has brought wealth and jobs across the interior West is prompting angry protests by citizens sporting gas masks and using bullhorns at public hearings.

  • Boat on the interstate